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Healthy Happy Start Newsletter

"Laughter is the most inexpensive and most effective wonder drug.
Laughter is a universal medicine." ~ Bertrand Russell

In this issue ...

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2020 Vision for the New Year

 

 

 

 



She talks to the animals.
Cathy has an indepth conversation with a rather large (and talkative) Raven.

 

 

 

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Cathy's
Laugh Club


Join us for some laughs.

 

 

 

What happens when two silk worms race?

They end in a tie.

 

 

 

 

FemCity

Created by Women for Women

Are you a woman in business looking to connect with other women in business? Check out Femcity for in person and online networking.

I have personally been involved now for over a year and love the caring and sharing atmosphere at all the Femcity events. The support and encouragement is like no where else.


Cathy with Femcity founder Violette de Ayala

Welcome to FemCity - your new favourite place to thrive, grow, learn, and get inspired both online and in person. We come from all walks of life and bring our collective experience to the table. We believe in lifting one another up, reaching out for help, and walking away from every interaction more empowered and excited than before.

Femcity
Networking for Women

 

 

 

 

Random Pictures

Checking Bin

Explaining the finer points at workshop in North Bay
Check out the Cathys Composters Photo Galleries.

 

 

 

What do you call it when you cross a Segmented Worm with a Stink Bug?

A Scentipede.

 

 

 

Featured Videos
of the month:

Red Wigglers vs The Pumpkin.

A battle to the end. Find out who's left standing when the dust settles.
(Here's a hint: It's not even close)

Pumpkin vs Red Wigglers 62-day time-lapse

 

 

 

Turkey Tail Mushroom

5 Immune Boosting Benefits

(from Healthline.com)

Medicinal mushrooms are types of fungi that contain compounds known to benefit health.

Commonly called turkey tail due to its striking colours, Trametes versicolor has been used around the world for centuries to treat various conditions.

Perhaps the most impressive quality of the turkey tail mushroom is its ability to enhance the health of your immune system.

Follow to Healthline.com for Immune Boosting Benefits.

 

 

 

Is coffee important to you? Discover the gourmet coffee that is not only delicious but is actually good for you!
Organo Gold, try it for one week and see how good you can feel.

Join us for the 7 day challenge.
Try our healthy, Ganoderma infused coffee or tea exclusively for 1 week and see how great it makes you feel. Contact us to learn about the Organo Gold 7-day coffee challenge.

 

 

 

Broccoli
Broccoli

 

Sprouting Beans

Are you ready for a new sprouting taste sensation? Try out the newest sprouting beans & seeds.

Broccoli or Bok Choy? How about Fenugreek, Chickpea or Blue (French) Lentils. And of course Mung beans will always be available.

A full list of all the sprouting beans & seeds currently available at Cathyssprouters.com.

 

Alfalfa
Alfalfa

 

 

 

Save your money!

Want/need worms? Want to save the shipping?
Why not attend one of our upcoming events and pick up your worms at the same time. Come and see the worms up close and personal.

We often sell out at events, pre-orders will guarantee you can what you want.

To see when we will be coming to an event near you please visit our events page.

 

 

 

Happy 25th Anniversary Laughter Yoga


of Laughter

Laughter Yoga was popularized by family physician Madan Kataria who modernized its practice in 1995.


Madan & Madhuri Kataria

 

 

 

Adding Nutrients to the Body With Sprouts.

In this short video Cathy talks about the health benefits of sprouts and Sprouting.

Sprouts release vitamins, proteins and minerals into our bodies.
cathyssprouters.com

 

 

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"We see a successful, healthy and prosperous 2020 for everyone this leap year."
~ Cathy & Rick

 

In this issue:

Healthy habits for the new decade.

Worms: The Future of Sanitation?

New toilet powered by worms may be the ingenious future of sanitation that Bill Gates has been dreaming about.
Find out more, scroll down or follow this link.

The Incredible Health Benefits of the Ganoderma Mushroom


  • 15 times more magnesium than broccoli.
  • 7 times higher vitamin C content than an orange.
  • What about Omega-3 & Iron?
    Find out, scroll down or follow this link.

The science of Laughter

Is laughter in fact the best medicine?

We take a look at the evidence.

Scroll down or follow this link.

 

 

Toilet powered by worms may
be the future of sanitation

A $350 toilet powered by worms may be the ingenious future of sanitation that Bill Gates has been dreaming about. Since 2015, a creative new type of toilet called the Tiger Toilet has been popping up outside homes and schools in India. From the outside, this toilet looks like any other pit latrine. But it doesn't smell like one. Instead, it comes with a built-in population of tiger worms (Eisenia fetida: aka Red Wigglers). These worms like to hang out in manure piles.

"Their natural breeding, natural habitat is in cow dung heaps, or horse sh*t heaps, that kind of thing. Poop. That’s where they like to live." said Ajeet Oak, director of the Tiger Toilet company.

The toilets don't flush in the traditional way and aren't hooked up to any sewer system. Instead, the worms reside in a container below the toilet where they feast on feces. They leave behind a mix of water, carbon dioxide, and worm castings.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded over $4 million in grant money to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to perfect the technology and to "get the worm system to market". Now, after years of development and field testing around the world, the technology is finally reaching people who need it most.


Mangal Shirke who lives in the village of Adachiwadi celebrates outside her first at-home toilet. Gouri Thakar

"These are people who are getting toilets for the first time," Oak said, adding that before getting a Tiger Toilet, "they would go out in the field."

The worms work load is impressive: when they process feces the worms remove 99% of the pathogens and leave behind no more than 15% of the waste by weight in the form of compost material because its mix of nitrogen, phosphorous, carbon, and potassium is good for growing plants. Because the leftover byproduct makes for "excellent fertilizer".

"Users find the toilets preferable to traditional latrines,” USAID wrote of the toilets during field. "Because the worms break down the solid waste, the toilets emit fewer odors and attract fewer flies than traditional latrines."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Want/need worms? Want to save the shipping? Why not attend one of our upcoming events ... come and see the worms up close and personal. We often sell out at events, pre-orders will guarantee you can get what you want.

Date: Jan 23, 2020 (7:00 - 8:30 pm)
Event: Coffee Tasting - Coffee Chat with a Side of Nutrition
Location: 43 Thornton Ave, Bradford, ON

Join us in an intimate setting as we talk nutrition and healthy coffee and teas. The Reshi mushroom is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Find out why. Fortify your body and soul with some nourishing conversation and some engaging coffees and teas. This is a free event but seating is very limited. Please let us know if you can come. cathy@cathyscomposters.com.

Date: Jan 25 - 26, 2020 (9:00 - 5:30 pm)
Event: 38th Annual Guelph Organic Conference & Expo
Location: University of Guelph
Guelph, ON

Organics, what's the buzz? Canada's Premiere Organic Event! This four-day event will feature over 150 booths, workshops, seminars and expert panels. Find out all about Sprouts and Sprouting. Why are Sprouts considered a Superfood? How about Vermicomposting? Is this the year to start your worm bin? Be sure to visit Cathy's Crawly Composters booth on the lower level.

Free admission to marketplace - Free Weekend Parking.

Date: Feb. 16, 2020 (11:00 - 2:00 pm)
Event: Stratford Seedy Sunday
Location: 612 Erie Street, Stratford, ON

It's time to plant a seed about attending Stratford's Seedy Sunday 2020. Come and see a unique mix of seed and gardening supply merchants, environmental groups providing interesting workshops. Learn what it takes to setup your own vermicomposter. See how easy it is to setup, maintain and harvest your own vermicomposting system. What size do I need? What can I feed the worms? How often do I feed them? Find out about sprouts. Why they are considered a Superfood? Cathy will be speaking on soil health.

Date: Feb. 18, 2020 (11:00 - 1:00 pm)
Event: Green Connections Networking
Location: Dish Events
212 Earl Stewart Dr. #2B, Aurora, ON

The Mission of Green Connections Network is to explore and share environmentally-friendly practices, products and ideas. Through networking and mentoring, our goal is to encourage all businesses to ‘Go Green’. Speakers:
Sarah Robertson Barnes - Sustainable in the Suburbs
Cathy Nesbitt - Cathy's Crawly Composters.

Date: Feb. 22, 2020 (10:00 - 3:00 pm)
Event: Toronto Botanical Garden Seedy Saturday
Location: Allan Gardens
777 Lawrence Avenue East. Toronto, ON

It's time to plant a seed about attending the Toronto Botanical Garden Seedy Saturday 2020. Come and see a unique mix of seed and gardening supply merchants, environmental groups providing interesting workshops. Learn what it takes to setup your own vermicomposter. See how easy it is to setup, maintain and harvest your own vermicomposting system. What size do I need? What can I feed the worms? How often do I feed them? Find out about sprouts. Why they are considered a Superfood? Cathy will be speaking on soil health.

Date: Feb. 23, 2020 (10:00 - 3:00 pm)
Event: Oakville Seedy Sunday
Location: Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre - 2302 Bridge Rd, Oakville, ON

It's time to plant a seed about attending Oakville's Seedy Sunday 2020. Come and see a unique mix of seed and gardening supply merchants, environmental groups providing interesting workshops. Learn what it takes to setup your own vermicomposter. See how easy it is to setup, maintain and harvest your own vermicomposting system. What size do I need? What can I feed the worms? How often do I feed them? Find out about sprouts. Why they are considered a Superfood? Cathy will be speaking on soil health.

Date: Feb. 29, 2020 (9:00 - 2:30 pm)
Event: Seedy Saturday Kitchener
Location: Kitchener Public Library
85 Queen St N, Kitchener, ON

t's time to plant a seed about attending Kitchener's Seedy Saturday 2020. Come and see a unique mix of seed and gardening supply merchants, environmental groups providing interesting workshops. Learn what it takes to setup your own vermicomposter. See how easy it is to setup, maintain and harvest your own vermicomposting system. What size do I need? What can I feed the worms? How often do I feed them? Find out about sprouts. Why they are considered a Superfood? Cathy will be speaking on soil health.

For a full listing and directions to all events please visit our website.

 

 

Ganoderma Lucidum - The King of Herbs

Ganoderma Lucidum, known as "The King of Herbs" was once so valued for it's longevity and vitality properties that it's use was strictly reserved for the nobility's exclusive use. This mushroom and it's spores have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese culture to promote wellness and to help support the immune system.

Also known as Reishi or Lingzhi, it is one of the primary herbs for anyone suffering from an immune deficiency disease. It stimulates a wide range of immunostimulating activities, as well as anti-inflammatory and antiallergenic properties.

The mushroom spores contain higher concentrations of polysaccharides, triterpenes and selenium and are known to have known to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Ganoderma is harvested when it reaches maturity and can be taken orally as a supplement or added to food or drink. Mycelium (the root system that collects and transports nutrients) is harvested at 18-days to take advantage of the antioxidant properties of the minerals on its roots.

Health Benefits of Ganoderma Lucidum

Ganoderma has been shown to have a positive effect fighting many diseases. Articles, studies and research papers have been published in the USA, Canada and across the world.

Documented Conditions that Ganoderma effects:
(as documented in PubMed.)

  • Liver Dysfunction
  • Kidney Dysfunction
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Arthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Bronchitis
  • Gastric Ulcers
  • Atherosclerosis (Harding of arteries)
  • Low White Blood Cell Count
  • Diabetes
  • Anorexia
  • Cancer
  • Asthma

 

Coffee Tasting Event

Organo Gold produces some of the highest quality Ganoderma infused food and beverages on the planet. With a patent infusion system and exclusive growers in the Wuyi Mountains of China’s Fuzhou region, Organo Gold is the best place to find quality Ganoderma products.

Join us in an intimate setting as we talk nutrition and healthy coffee and teas. Find out how to boost your immune system and major organs by simply shifting a daily habit.

"Getting a little bit healthier with every sip."

This is a free tasting event but seating is very limited. Please let us know if you want to come. Send an email to cathy@cathyscomposters.com.

 

 


 

Cover of Bradford Times

 

 

 

In the News

  • Sprouting for nutrition at BWG Library
    On Saturday morning, Cathy Nesbitt held a free workshop at the BWG Library on how and why to grow sprouts.
    "The practice of sprouting is just taking a seed or bean and germinating it, so just starting the process of it growing," explained Nesbitt.
    Read on ...

     

  • Local students wormed their way through Earth Week
    Deer Park Public School students in grades 4 and 5 visit the Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre during Earth Week in late April to learn about composting from well-known worm advocate Cathy Nesbitt
    They also learned the ever-increasing role worms are going to play in waste management, soil production and food security.
    Read on ...

     

  • Harrowsmith - Things we Love: The Living Composter
    Back in the before time - that's the 1990's - vermicomposting was out there on thed eco-fringe and the composters were fugly. They were usually fashioned from two big plastic bins, one set into the other. Featuring just two compartments, they were also tricky to manage, and worms could get too wet or dry out or (horrors! escape. Now, with the Living Composter, we think it's fair to say we are living in the golden age of vermiculture.
    Read on ...

     

 

For all the wormy news please visit our website.

 

 

The Science of Laughter

Is laughter really the "Best Medicine"?

We have taken a look at the scientific research behind the study of laughter and the results are in. It turns out that Laughter is a very old human trait and it really is good for us.

His article in Medical News Today, Tim Newman looks at the origins of laughter and what happens in the brain when we guffaw, chuckle or snicker.

Laughter is ubiquitous. It crosses all political and social boundaries. Humans from every culture on earth laugh. Babies who are blind and deaf, having neither seen or heard laughter will someone laugh will instinctively and spontaneously break into giggles.

This is a trait we share with our nearest cousins, the great apes. although laughter is more prevalent with species more closely related to ourselves such as bonobos and chimpanzees, as opposed to our more distant relatives the gorillas and orangutans.

So why do we laugh? One theory suggests that laughter helped us to bond more efficiently. Rather than having to physically groom each individual in our tribe, we could stand within earshot and make each other laugh. This may have been one of the earliest forms of communication.

The neuroscience of laughter: What part of the brain is responsible for laughter?
The structure of laughter is complex and varied. Laughter is not limited to a single region of the brain.

During laughter, regions of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex are activated, releasing endorphins - which are famed for decreasing pain and increasing euphoria. The hippocampus and amygdala are also involved; these are part of the limbic system, an ancient section of the brain involved in the control of deep-seated emotions, feeding, and other survival-critical roles.

A positive frame of mind really does make us physically better. It's not all in the mind; psychology modifies physiology.

    Laughter lights up many different areas of the brain:
  • Lateral hypothalamus - involved in an array of processes, such as promoting arousal and feeding behaviour, reducing pain perception, digestive functions, and blood pressure
  • Parietal operculum - partly responsible for processing senses, such as touch and temperature
  • Amygdala - involved in processing memories, making decisions, and emotional reactions
  • Right Cerebellum - important in visual attention, language, and imagining the states of others

Medical Studies that have looked into the effects of laughter:
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: "Participants (with COPD) who exhibited a greater sense of humour were more likely to report fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety and better quality of life"
Vascular function - "These results suggest that mirthful laughter elicited by comic movies induces beneficial impact on vascular function."
Cardiovascular health - "Individuals who never or almost never laughed had a 21 percent higher risk of heart disease than those who laughed daily. Similarly, the prevalence
of stroke in those who rarely laugh was 60 percent higher than regular laughers."
Laughter yoga and depression - "Participants showed improved immediate mood (vigor-activity and friendliness) and increased HRV after the laughter intervention. Both the laughter and control interventions appeared to improve longer-term anxiety."
Seniors - "Laughter therapy is considered to be [a] useful, cost-effective, and easily-accessible intervention that has positive effects on depression, insomnia, and sleep quality in the elderly."

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